On March 24 they began new excavations in the Cueva de Conejar by the First Settlers of Extremadura Research Team, which will end on April 7 and is directed by Toni Canals.
On the other hand, the excavations that have been carried out in recent years in the Maltravieso Cave and that it is from a scientific point of view one of the most valuable areas of Cáceres, They are paralyzed to guarantee the stability of their interior and waiting for the Junta de Extremadura and the Ministry of Culture to allow the investigations to continue.
That is why the team of First Settlers, enthusiastically waiting to be able to return to Maltravieso, they have been studying the surroundings of the Ribera del Marco and focusing their interest on the Cueva de Conejar, a campaign with the support of the Provincial Council, the collaboration of the Cáceres city councils and Malpartida de Cáceres.
In addition, as reported in a press release, the First Settlers Team has the participation of the IPHES (Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution) and the Rovira i Virgili University, the associations ADEAEX and AEPEX, as well as the General Directorate of Heritage and the Museum of Cáceres.
Unlike the Maltravieso and Santa Ana caves, the Conejar Cave It is urban like few in Europe and stable to receive visitors. It is for this reason, and taking advantage of the Holy Week holidays, that an open house will be held on Sunday, March 31, in the morning (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and afternoon (from 5 to 8 p.m.) , and on Monday, April 1, only in the morning. This activity aims to make citizens aware and participate of the importance of archaeological heritage in the Calerizo.
The different investigations that had been carried out in the Cueva de Conejar have shown archaeological and paleontological potential from three different cultural periods (Neolithic, Eneolithic and Bronze Age), which was already exposed for the first time by the archaeologist Ismael del Pan in 1916.
The area was used as a garbage dump for almost two decades until in 2009, at the hands of the First Settlers, the General Directorate of Heritage was asked to clean the cave. The Association for the Recovery of Native Forests (ARBA) collaborated in the cleaning.
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